Not trying to be a downer here, but as good a fit as Marcus Camby is on paper for the Blazers, it’s not always going to be sunshine and rainbows. There will be a few head scratcher games and plays, especially in the early going, especially on offense. Camby is a solid mid-range shooter, averaging 40.875 percent from 10-15 feet since 2007 on .725 attempts per game and 33.75 percent from 16-23 feet on 2.75 attempts. The Blazers are in the Top 10 in attempts from those parts of the floor. Camby’s percentages might not be great for how many looks he could get from 10-23 feet, but they look better if you take out a crummy year in L.A. last season, and at the very least he’ll be a threat in the offense.
But the Blazers are also a very heavy pick-and-roll team and ask just about every big man to set perimeter screens, whether it’s Greg Oden or LaMarcus Aldridge or Joel Przybilla. So, to find out how Camby could do in that system, we turned to InvisiNinjaPDX:
P&R make up 10 percent of his offense. He rates as “Poor” at .73 PPP (points per possession), and shoots 33.3 percent off rolls. On the plus he is better as a cutter.
This season to date as a cutter Camby is 1.36 PPP and these type of plays make up 19 percent of his offense. He knows what he does well.
P&R numbers in Den w/ Andre Miller for Camby: .81 PPP over their 115 games together. Miller may know where to find him cutting, 1.44 PPP in same period.
Camby might not be someone you want pick-and-popping all game, but the Blazers have LaMarcus Aldridge for that. But Camby’s metrics when moving to the rim — surely aided by Miller lobs — could add a useful, if not new, facet to Portland’s offense, one which can sometimes get bogged down and stagnant (though not much lately, minus OKC). At the very least, Camby isn’t going to come near crippling the Blazers on offense, and his off-ball movement, coupled with some underrated perimeter passing, could lead to him helping in less-expected areas.